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    California University of Pennsylvania presented its Corporate Core Values Award to the Pittsburgh Penguins at a ceremony and celebration Oct. 20 at CONSOL Energy Center, Pittsburgh.

    The award honors a corporation, organization or institution that epitomizes California University’s core values of integrity, civility and responsibility. 

    It recognizes the Penguins for supporting the University’s mission by creating character- and career-building opportunities for Cal U students.

    California University of Pennsylvania is the official educational partner of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Through this continuing partnership, the Penguins have created scholarships, made internships and other resume-building activities available to Cal U students, and provided unique marketing opportunities for the University.

    Cal U President Angelo Armenti, Jr. presented the Corporate Core Values Award to David Peart, a senior vice president for the Penguins, during a ceremony and news conference at in the Cal U Conference Center at CONSOL Energy Center.

    This is the third time that California University has honored a business or organization with its Corporate Core Values Award. 

    Dr. Stephen R. Covey accepted the inaugural award on behalf of the FranklinCovey Corp. in 2006. Monongahela Valley Hospital received the award in 2008.

    Photo of President Angelo Armenti, Jr. presents the Core Values Award to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

    Click on the image above to view a slideshow of the Corporate Core Values Award ceremony at CONSOL Energy Center.

    California University of Pennsylvania is proud to be the official education partner of the Pittsburgh Penguins. 

    Benefits of the ongoing partnership include:

    Scholarships for students

    • $20,550 in Pittsburgh Penguins Scholarship funds has been raised to date through online auctions and other fundraising events.
    • A potential $56,250 in additional scholarship funds can be raised through the current sale of Penguins-logo neon clocks ( created in collaboration with alumnus Bob McKeown, owner of Image Time Inc.

    Opportunities for students and alumni

    • 16 Cal U students have had internships with the Penguins organization between 2002 and 2011, and two Cal U graduates have been hired.
    • 60 Cal U students from a variety of majors, including sport management, gained valuable work experience by conducting game-day research at CONSOL Energy Center.
    • 20 Cal U students gained public service/work experience as volunteers at the Community Ice Rink during the 2010 Winter Classic.
    • Nearly 40 Cal U hockey players, both men and women, experienced playing on the Pens’ home ice before 2,500 Cal U students and alumni during the inaugural season at CONSOL Energy Center. Student dance team/cheerleaders also participated, and Cal U student journalists job-shadowed the Penguins’ professional camera crew as they filmed the event.
    • 700 free tickets have given Cal U students a chance to see the Penguins play at CONSOL Energy Center. The “Free Game for Kids” pre-season game tickets were provided during the past two seasons.
    • Hundreds of Cal U students and alumni have been inspired by interactions with these members of the Penguins organization: Phil Bourque (leadership presentation for students at a campus event); Mike Lange (appearance at an alumni event); players Tyler Kennedy, Pascal Dupuis and Derek Engelland (personal appearances with students and alumni); and others.
    • Individual, ongoing contact between Penguins players and Patrick McIlvaine, a former Cal U student and hockey player who was critically wounded during military service in Afghanistan, has inspired our campus community. Motivated by personal visits and e-mails from players, Pat continues to make remarkable progress in his recovery.

    Unique marketing opportunities for Cal U

    • Cal U Conference Center at CONSOL Energy Center. More than 100 of Pittsburgh’s leading businesses and community organizations have been introduced to Cal U’s message as they use this flexible meeting space.
    • Penguins Radio 24/7. Cal U participated as a partner in the initial launch.
    • Dasher board signage. Movable “stickers” maximize exposure to a regional and nationwide TV audience at a more affordable cost to the University.
    • “Flex” ads in the Ice Time game-day program allow the University to feature many of our female and male student-athletes and to create targeted messages that highlight Discovery Day open house events and key campaigns, such as our No. 1 national ranking for the Global Online degree program.